History of the United States of America

6 credits

Teacher responsible: Angela Santese

Course description

The course will examine the history of United States foreign relations – broadly defined – from the late XX century to the election of Donald Trump. Examining the US role and place in the world, specific questions will be raised and discussed: what triggered the American hegemonic rise? How do we conceptualize the response to the deployment of America’s multifaceted global power? How do we investigate the connection between domestic politics and foreign policy choices?

The course will consider the impact of the political, geopolitical and economic transformations of the past century on the foreign policy choices and particular attention will be paid to specific transitions (i.e.: WWI, WWII, the Cold War, the 1970s, the end of the Cold War, 9/11).
After a broader introductory lecture on the origins of the United States and its relation to North America, the course will follow a chronological pattern. Historiographical debates and issues will also be thoroughly discussed and examined.

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